While there isn’t one source of ‘civic’ funding for HEIs to apply to, every area of HE policy is increasingly placing expectations
upon HEIs to deliver public benefit. The recent R&D Roadmap, with its focus on ‘levelling up’ and on addressing regional inequality, is just one manifestation of this.
Creating a civic agreement enables an HEI to get on the front foot in responding to these multiple drivers, and to
demonstrate an effective response across all areas of their activity, from education, to research and knowledge exchange to their activity as an employer and ‘anchor’.
This briefing provides a useful summary of the various policy agendas.